Students from Printable Robotics Class holding drone

July 28, 2015
Not Just a Plastic Paperweight: Using 3D Printers to Take to the Sky

With an arsenal of 3D printers at their disposal, the students in Structural Engineering 207 designed a drone for not only hovering in the air, but telling a visual story. [more]


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Researchers Demonstrate New Way To Plug 'Leaky' Light Caviti

Affiliates of the Qualcomm Institute have demonstrated a new and more efficient way to trap light, using a phenomenon called bound states in the continuum (BIC) that was first proposed in the early days of quantum wave mechanics.

Engineers Just Broke the Capacity Limit For Fiber Optic T...

Electrical engineers at UCSD's Qualcomm Institute increased the power of optical signals and translated data that travelled a record-breaking distance.

"New York Times"
An Advance May Double the Capabilities of Fiber Optics

Technology reporter John Markoff featured research out of the Photonics Systems Group, quoting Calit2 research scientist Nikola Alic, published in the journal Science, on a method to do away with repeaters to guarantee data arrives intact over long distances via optical fiber.

The cyborg approach to spotting mines at sea

Reporter Mark Pomerleau reports on a brain-computer interface built by QI-affiliated researcher Ryan Kastner and designed to speed identification of mines in sonar images of the ocean floor.

"Washington Post"
The Revolution Will Be Digitized

In a cover story for the Washington Post, reporter Ariana Eunjung Cha profiles Calit2 Director Larry Smarr and his quest to digitally quantify his health.

How Secure is Your Hardware, Actually?

Ryan Kastner, an affiliate with the Qualcomm Institute, along with three other colleagues, founded Tortuga Logic to ensure that modern security is built into modern hardware.

Being Naked In UCSD Art Class Is Required But Not Remarkable

KPBS reporter Angela Carone reports on Associate professor Ricardo Dominguez's nudity requirement in his visual arts class.

"The Guardian "
UCSD visual arts students told to strip naked for end-of...

Reporter Adam Gabbatt reports on one mother's concerns after her daughter had to take a final exam in the nude for professor Ricardo Dominguez's visual arts class.

"New York Daily News"
UCSD art student forced to perform naked to pass....

UCSD professor Ricardo Dominguez, an affiliate of the Qualcomm Institute, defends the work he assigns in his optional course as an experiment in the "rich possibilities available to the contemporary artist in his or her own persona."

"Stuff (New Zealand)"
The problems with the explosion in fitness tracking

From the instant he wakes up each morning, through his workday and into the night, the essence of Larry Smarr is captured by a series of numbers: a resting heart rate of 40 beats per minute, a blood pressure of 130/70, a stress level of 2 percent, 86 kg, 8,000 steps taken.

"The Southland Times"
The problems with the explosion in fitness tracking

The Southland Times runs a story originally on the cover of the Washington Post about Calit2 Director Larry Smarr.

"The Sydney Morning Herald"
Larry Smarr is the poster boy for wearable devices...

The Sydney Morning Herald runs a story about Calit2 Director Larry Smarr that originally appeared on the front page of the Washington Post.

Wearable Devices Portend Vast Privacy Consequences

The WorldNetDaily runs a profile of Calit2 Director Larry Smarr that originally appeared on the front page of the Washington Post.

"The Reading Eagle "
Extreme trackers: Lives monitored in data

The Reading Eagle reports on how Calit2 Director Larry Smarr was able to use technology to track his health and eventually detect his Crohn's disease before his doctors.

UC San Diego’s Qualcomm Institute Opens Startup “Innovation

Xconomy's Bruce Bigelow reports on QI's new Innovation Space for startups.

"San Diego Union-Tribune"
UCSD opens incubator at Qualcomm Institute

Union-Tribune reporter Mike Freeman reports on QIIS, the Qualcomm Institute Innovation Space for startups.

"Science Daily"
Combining computer vision, brain computer interface...

QI-affiliated computer scientist Ryan Kastner and colleagues have combined sophisticated computer vision algorithms and a brain-computer interface to find mines in sonar images of the ocean floor.

"SD Metro"
Daily Business Report - May 4, 2015

SD Metro reports on the formal opening of the Innovation Space and its current seven tenants.

"El Pais"
The era of 'baby data'

Reporter Karelia Vazquez features Calit2 Director Larry Smarr in a story about a new trend in digitally monitoring babies.

"San Diego Union-Tribune"
Lei Liang makes paintings sing

UT reporter James Chute profiles Calit2 composer-in-residence Lei Liang and his performance of "Hearing Landscapes,” a cutting-edge, multimedia presentation that he premiered at the Qualcomm Institute in April.

Florentine basilica gets high-tech physical

PhysOrg features a project by two QI Ph.D. students to digitally 'diagnose' the Baptistery of St. John for structural integrity using a variety of multispectral imaging tools.

High-Tech Tools Map Baptistery of St. John

Using Lidar technology, ultra-high-resolution photography, and thermal imaging techniques, Mike Hess and Mike Yeager of the University of California, San Diego, created a 3-D digital model of the interior, exterior, and façade of the Baptistery of St. John.

"Controlled Environments"
Graphene-based Technique Creates World’s Smallest Crack

A team of nanoengineers led by UCSD nanoengineering professor Darren Lipomi has discovered a new process of creating nanogaps through the use of graphene.

"SD Metro"
Daily Business Report April 23 2015

SD Metro reports on Qualcomm Institute's opening of Innovation Space for Industry and Startups

"CNET in Spanish"
Indiegogo campaign seeks to bring back Selena digitally

Campaña de Indiegogo busca resucitar a Selena digitalmente. ¿Lo logrará?
Claudia Cruz reports on a startup, Acrovirt LLC, which wants to use UCSD technology to bring back a digital version of the late singer Selena, if it can begin by raising $500,000 on Indiegogo.

"Times of San Diego"
Virtual Reality: How Close to Being Real

Reporters Leonard Novarro and Rosalynn Carmen interview QI research scientist about the future of virtual reality.

"SD Metro"
Qualcomm Institute Launches Innovation Space

The Qualcomm Institute has launched an Innovation Space where qualified faculty startups, industry partners or national laboratories can lease office or lab space inside the research institute’s headquarters building on the campus of UC San Diego.

"Imperial Valley News"
What Is It About Yoga?

Two QI studies looking at the effects of yoga on the body's physiology are featured.

"Fox 8 New Orleans"
The Mobile Healthcare (mHealth) Bible: 2015 - 2020 ....

Calit2 is mentioned in a story about the future of mobile health (mHealth).

"Dell Big Data"
Calit2 is Using HPC to Unlock the Secrets of Microorganisms

Over the past several years, Calit2 Director Larry Smarr has been exploring how advanced data analytics tools can find patterns in microbial distribution data. Inside HPC features one of Smarr's presentations.

"La Jolla Light"
LET'S REVIEW: Open Studios 2105, UCSD grad students ....

A review of Open Studios 2015 features the work of Heidi Kayser, who will be part of an upcoming IDEAS performance series at the Qualcomm Institute.

"San Diego Newscape"
High-Performance Big-Science Pacific Research Platform ....

Attendees at the CENIC 2015 Annual Conference, “Shaking Things Up,” will be introduced to the Pacific Research Platform, a cutting-edge research infrastructure that will link together the Science DMZs of dozens of top research institutions via three advanced networks: CENIC’s Cal

"Fast Company"
Take a Stroll Down Broadway Through Hundreds of Thousands...

QI-affiliated researcher Lev Manovich is quoted in a story on an art installaion that mashes social media and open data to provide a unique look of Broadway in New York City.

"MobiHealth News"
Calit2 awards $200,000 to five data sharing projects

Reporter Aditi Pai announces that Health Data Exploration (HDE) has awarded a total of $200,000 to five projects that aim to use aggregated personal health data to advance research. Some of the projects involve big digital health names like Fitbit, RunKeeper, and PatientsLikeMe.

"Becker's Health IT & CIO Review"
University of San Diego awards $200,000 to health database..

Reporter Elizabeth Earl announces that a data sharing initiative at the University of California San Diego has awarded $200,000 to five health data aggregation efforts.

"La Jolla Light"
LET'S REVIEW: A Loud Silence, Deaf artists explore sound

Will Bowen reviews "LOUD silence," the latest exhibition at the gallery@calit2.

"Control Design for Machine Builders"
Student-Built Ruku Robot Encourages Others to Join STEM Fiel

Katherine Bonfante write about the student-designed Ruku Robot, which can solve a Rubiks Cube in a matter of seconds and was created in the QI Fabrication Lab.

"Real Estate Rama"
Architects, AIA Foundation and Association of Collegiate....

A partnership with Active Living Research, the Center for Wireless and Population Health Systems at Calit2/Qi, and the School of Medicine at the University of California San Diego uses smart wearable wireless sensors to track how individuals react to changing conditions.

"Government Technology"
Could Better Health Be all in the Wrist?

QI's Kevin Patrick is mentioned in a story about wearable health technology and how the data that emerge from such devices is changing the way we think about healthcare.

"The Washington Post"
The frustrating hunt for Genghis Khan’s long-lost tomb ....

Reporter Terrence McCoy covers a paper published by Calit2 researcher Albert Yu-Min Lin and colleagues on their hunt to find the lost tomb of Genghis Khan.

"Daily Mail"
Has Genghis Khan's Tomb Been Spotted From Space?

Richard Gray reports on a paper published in the journal Public Library of Science One, in which Calit2 researcher Albert Lin and his team claim to have identified 55 potential archaeological sites that could be home to the remains of Genghis Khan.


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